Oxleas launches innovative website for young people

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The HeadScape website being used on an iPad

A new website for young people to support their mental health and wellbeing was showcased by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust yesterday (15 July).

HeadScape was launched to healthcare, education and local children's charities at a special event at Ravensbourne, Greenwich.

HeadScape has been designed for young people, by other young people in Greenwich and Bexley, to give them a trusted website to use for information, to check how they feel and even take a test to find out if they need help with their emotions.

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St Paul's Academy Choir provided the entertainment

HeadScape is a 'one stop' source of self-help about a range of mental health issues and conditions for young people to browse at leisure.

Uniquely, HeadScape offers young people the opportunity to independently undertake a mental health screening questionnaire, which when completed, provides individually tailored advice and information. Depending on the results, the site can offer young people living in Bexley and Greenwich the option to self- refer directly into their local Children and Young People's Mental Health Services.

Designed to work on tablets, smart phones and PCs, the site is simple to use and highly visual with well-designed, colour-coded emoticons to represent feelings and situations.

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Sam Qureshi with a live demonstration of HeadScape

Lesley French, Clinical Director of Children's Services at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust says: "Everything from the name 'HeadScape', to the design, language, colour scheme and navigation has been developed by groups of young people under 18 years of age, who told us that being able to access mental health support and services online would help them to explore and understand some of the feelings and experiences they were having."

Evidence suggests that at least 50% of mental illness (excluding dementia) starts by the age of 14. It is estimated that one in 10 children aged between five and 16 are experiencing poor mental health and that early action minimises the long-term impact of issues such as anxiety, depression or eating disorders.

HeadScape is free to use and helps young people to access the advice and information  they need at any time. Those experiencing mental health issues are signposted to the support they need quickly.

The website has been piloted in Greenwich schools and in its first six weeks received approximately 900 visits.

From anxiety to eating disorders, phobias to bullying, depression, gender or anger issues, HeadScape covers over 30 different conditions. The site is accessible to everyone and anyone can undertake the quizzes to benefit from the tailored information and advice.

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Published on 16th July 2015